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. >> happy friday, guys. the scandal rapidly engulfing rupert murdoch and his media empire riveted yahoo! users this week. searches for murdoch are up more than 18,000% as newscorp abandoned its multibillion dollar bid to buy british satellite broadcaster bskyb. the web has been buzzing for more than a week about murdock ever since the allegations of hacking and bribery by employees of the british tabloid "news of world" surfaced and murdoch shut down the 168-year-old paper. lookups for rebecca brooks shot up in the wake of the british prime minister's call for her resignation and the announcement of a public inquiry. another international story captivating folks here at home is the action at the women's world cup in dresden, germany. according to fifa, more than 29 million women around the world play soccer. and if searches are any indication, this tournament is sure to light an even bigger passion for the sport in the u.s. as team usa heads into the final match on sunday against japan, players hope solo, abby wambach, and megan rapinoe are the most-searched team members right now on ya
-hacking scandal is cutting closer to the top of the murdoch media empire. rupert murdoch's top aide has been released from custody after her arrest. one of britain's top cops also resigned. abc's jeffrey kofman reports from london. >> reporter: the scandal that shuttered one of britain's oldest newspapers is nothing less than an earthquake. shaking this country to the core. the casualties just keep mounting. the latest? the head of scotland yard. sir paul stevenson resigned. he insisted he had no involvement in his force's failure to investigate widespread alleged criminal acts by murdoch's journalists. nor the alleged bribery of police officers by reporters. >> i had no knowledge of the extent of this disgraceful practice. or indeed to the extent of it. and the repugnant nature of the selection of victims that is now emerging. >> reporter: and there is more. rebekah brooks, just days ago she was at the apex of power running rupert murdoch's british operations. it is said he considered her his other daughter. on friday, she resigned from the company. she was arrested. the tenth arrest since
, one of rupert murdoch's most successful papers in the world shuts down. you can call it the end of "the world." after a huge scandal. can he do enough to keep this embarrassing situation from causing damage to the rest of his media empire? you see some of the examples, the "wall street journal," "new york post," fox news, harper collins, 20th century fox. all these part of the rupert murdoch media empire and could be threatened by the news of the end of "the world." >> it's horrifying what some of the people who worked at this paper were doing. you can understand why the whole thing has been shelved. >> indefensible. >> truly, truly indefensible. >>> coming up later this half hour as well, it was mission impossible for team usa's female soccer team. they were moments away from defeat to the brazilian team when they surprised the world. it is our favorite story of the day. many people considered brazil to just to be knock 'em dead. >> this was an unbelievable game. unbelievable. >> here we go here goes daniel. hold him back. >> i can't overstate how exciting th
tactics brought an end to one of rupert murdoch's most-read papers. it's friday, july 8th. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." >> good friday morning. i'm peggy bunker. >> i'm daniel sieberg in for rob nelson. it was probably no easy decision for rupert murdoch to shut down "the news of the world" after this widespread hacking scandal. so his son broke the news. as the british government launches an investigation, you could call it the end of "the world," this paper had a storied legacy early on. it wasn't quite such a tabloid publication and it did win awards recently. boy, it's turned the corner into more scandalous, controversial stuff. >> definitely gone tabloid. which you know, some papers really have in order to stay alive. that doesn't mean their practices are legit. >> it was a big-selling paper. >> there you go. >>> also coming up, what will happen to casey anthony when she's let out of jail in nine days? how many questions now about her future. also hererase after this acquittal. many people wondering what will happen next. and kind of horrifying enough, many people a
leader is speaking out against the murdoch media empire. personal details about gordon brown's family life suddenly showed up in the headlines of a murdoch-owned paper. now brown is demanding answers. abc's jeffrey kofman reports from london. >> reporter: just before gordon brown became britain's prime minister, he and his wife discovered their infant son had cystic fibrosis. that private family trauma was suddenly splashed across the front page of the murdoch-owned "sun." brown says it was devastating. >> in tears. your son is now going to be broadcast across the media. sararaand i were incredibly upset about it. >> reporter: and another murdoch paper, "the sunday times," was allegedly using known criminals to hack into brown's tax records, his bank accounts. brown says it was a vendetta because murdoch didn't like his politics. >> i'm shocked. i'm genuinely shocked to find this happened. because of the links with criminals, known criminals, who are undertaking this activity. >> reporter: even the royals were targeted. there are damning allegations that murdoch management knew years
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